What is it like to attend?
Family Retreats provide dynamic programs that refresh and strengthen families who live with disability. Held at accessible camp and conference centers across the United States, the program is flexible and designed to provide the entire family with time together in a camp atmosphere.
The retreat offers a change of pace where you can have fun together in a safe and accepting environment. You'll be able to get away and enjoy God's creation…you'll meet and fellowship with others who face similar concerns…you'll build lasting memories together as a family…as well as a renewed hope in God. While each camp or conference center has its own unique facilities, every Family Retreat is packed with exciting adventures for the whole family. Several sites have amenities such as climbing walls and ropes courses, boating, hiking trails, mud pits, and a host of other activities to energize the week.
Each day the youth and children enjoy exciting age-appropriate camp activities, crafts, and recreational activities…and, most importantly, they will have the freedom to be themselves. Moms and dads have the opportunity to enjoy Christ-centered worship, teaching and practical seminars that address family life and issues related to life with a disability. The afternoons are free to relax or participate in a variety of optional activities. Evenings are full of family oriented activities such as talent shows, camp fires, concerts, carnivals, and more…all in a warm, accepting environment.
What assistance will my family receive?
A caring and trained Short Term Missionary (STM) will be assigned to your family to serve you and provide any practical support you need to make the week restful and enjoyable. Your Short Term Missionary will be with you at each of the meals and program activities. If you have a child with a disability, your STM will attend all of the age-related activities with him or her, allowing parents to enjoy their own free-time activities without the responsibility of care taking.
Each Short Term Missionary has undergone a thorough screening, background check, and has completed our training course. Our STM’s range in age from young adults to grandparents. And each season, many return to serve again. Short Term Missionaries also assist in the child and youth programs and may assist in other areas based on their individual skills.
STM’s room in separate accommodations and do not provide personal or medical care. If you require personal or medical care, please make arrangements to bring an attendant with you. The retreat sites are accessible. We do our best to meet the needs of each family, pertaining to accommodations, diet, or other requirements you indicate on your registration forms.
How much does it cost and is there aid?
The cost of camp varies from location to location. Please contact the area ministry operating the Family Retreat you are interested in attending. (Note: We are not able to provide refunds except for cancellations due to an emergency.)
If you require financial assistance, locate the state where you live in the drop down list and you be directed to State Funding Resources online. Often, government funds can be used for respite and camping for the family member with a disability.
Many families attend with the help of their church, friends, or an organization. Families who seek support from their church, friends, family, and other agencies will often discover continuing sources of support and assistance that last far beyond their time at Family Retreat. Scholarships are available for families who would not be able to attend otherwise. Click here to download scholarship application.
When and how should I apply?
We recommend registering as far in advance as possible. Although the retreats are held during the summer months, many reach capacity early in the year. Applications are accepted until a retreat is filled, or up to two weeks before the retreat begins.
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